Here's an extract from the post-race press conference at Silverstone
2011. To recap: After the pitstops had all played out, Fred was
leading, Vettel 2nd, Webber 3rd. Webber was gaining on Vettel. Horner
told him to hold station. Webber continued to attack.
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(Adam Hay-Nicholls - Metro) Mark, Christian Horner has said that you
should be fine with the team orders at the end and if you and Seb had
raced until the end you would both have ended up in the fence. Do you
agree with that? Was it the right call? Does this mean realistically
that you are out of this championship?
MW: I am not fine with it. No. That's the answer to that. If Fernando
retires on the last lap we are battling for the victory so I was fine
until the end. Of course I ignored the team as I want to try and get
another place. Seb was doing his best and I was doing my best. I don't
want to crash with anyone, but that was it. I tried to do my best with
the amount of conversation I had. One-way conversation obviously as I
wasn't talking too much back. There was a lot of traffic coming to me,
but I was still trying to do my best to pass the guy in front.
(Adam Hay-Nicholls - Metro) Do you remember roughly how many messages
MW: Probably four or five.
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So there is Webber's attitude to team orders when he's asked to hold
position. He's not fine with it, he got four or five calls from the
team and he ignored those calls but didn't actually give the team a
response either way.
The press conference transcript can be read at
So I think Webber has little room to complain when his team mate
doesn't comply with orders, and I think that the people who are
calling Vettel things like back stabber and arrogant maybe need to
rethink their position.